Settlement Workers in Schools Program

Support for Newcomer Children in Schools

Are you a newcomer to Canada with a child (5-12 years) and youth (13-18 years) in the New Westminster School District (SD40)? Learn about in-school settlement support for your children and family.

The Settlement Workers in Schools program (SWIS) offers free settlement services for parents and school-age children arriving in Canada.

Support is provided in multiple languages by our diverse staff on an individual, family, and group basis. Current languages supported include Farsi, Dari, Pashto, Turkish, Arabic, Amharic, Tigrinya, and Spanish. Other language support may be available upon request.

Eligibility

This program is available for:

  • Permanent residents and refugee families

  • Other eligible students and families

  • Living in New Westminster and studying in a New Westminster School (SD40)

Program Description

Welcome Services

Settlement workers work with school staff to welcome newcomer families to the community. We meet with you and your family one-on-one, and help you learn about your school and community resources.

We offer the following support to parents and youth:

  • One-on-one consultations
  • Workshops on different topics
  • Referrals to community and support services as well as relevant agencies
  • Volunteering opportunities and mentoring youth
  • Peer support and friendships circles
  • Youth training on life and leadership skills
  • Field trips

Orientation Session & School Tour

We provide essential information about the BC school system guidelines, and one-on-one/group tours to help newcomer parents & students learn and experience Canadian schools.

Community Connections for Youth & Families

  • We encourage newcomer families and youth to join community events to make friends, learn about local culture and access support services. These events are child-friendly and have a play area available.
  • We provide mentorship opportunities, volunteering options, and specialized workshops for individuals of all ages.
  • We promote the participation of newcomer families in English Conversation Circles to meet others and practice the language.

FAQs

What is the role of a settlement worker in schools?

Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) assist newcomer students and families in adjusting to their school and community by offering information and directing them to resources at their school and other community agencies.

Who are MOSAIC SWIS workers?

SWIS staff are working in elementary and secondary schools within the New Westminster School District and the Welcome Centre which is situated in New Westminster Secondary School. The SWIS program offers support, guidance, information, and orientation to newcomer students and their families regarding the BC educational system. 

Are the services provided by settlement workers in schools free?

Yes, the services provided are free.

Do I need to book an appointment to meet with them?

Yes, to ensure optimal services, schedule an appointment to meet with SWIS workers who can provide language assistance via phone call or email.

Partners

This program is supported by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada and accredited through CARF, and in partnership with the New Westminster School District (SD40)

New Westminster Secondary Welcome Centre

820 6th Street, New Westminster, V3L 3C8

9am-5pm
swis@mosaicbc.org
604-517-6309

Related Resources

SWIS Brochure

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